Artists receive €325 per week under the Basic Income Pilot Scheme

Artists will be given €325 a week under a basic income pilot scheme due to be presented to ministers on Tuesday.

Long-awaited plans for the scheme see artists guaranteed €1,300 a month at a cost of around €35m a year to the state.

Payments under the program will begin in June 2022, it said.

Scheduled to open to applications earlier this year, the Basic Income for the Arts pilot aims to support artists and cultural workers in supporting their practices.

The final pilot follows the public consultation that took place earlier this year and Cabinet ministers will sign it off tomorrow.

The key recommendation of the government’s Arts and Culture Restoration Taskforce, established in 2020, was the establishment of a basic income scheme.

The taskforce recommended setting wages at the national minimum wage, currently €10.50 per hour, and covering an average work week, which would mean a weekly wage of around €347 per week.

Around 2,000 artists are expected to be covered by the pilot, which may become permanent depending on success.

A source with insight into the early negotiations for the program said the program was initially planned to be €380 a week or €1,520 a month.

The scheme aims to revitalize the arts sector in Ireland hit by the pandemic and give reassurance to artists who, according to Theater Forum, have lower weekly earnings than most other economic sectors in 2019. Artists receive €325 per week under the Basic Income Pilot Scheme

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